Prenatal massage is therapeutic bodywork that focuses on the special needs of the pregnant woman as her body goes through the dramatic changes of pregnancy. It enhances the function of muscles and joints, improves circulation and general body tone, and relieves mental and physical fatigue. The gentle, noninvasive approach of prenatal massage can ease discomfort associated with pregnancy, help the mother-to-be prepare for labor and give her nurturing emotional support.
Studies show that women who receive regular massages have fewer complications during their pregnancy and labour and that their babies are more settled and content, suffering fewer baby ailments.
Although pregnancy is a wonderful time, many changes take place in the mother’s body as the baby develops. This can put strain and pressure on the joints, ligaments and organs causing some pain and discomfort which massage can help alleviate.
In addition to this, research also shows that the baby can greatly benefit from massage as endorphins (feel good chemicals) are released by the mother during massage that are passed onto the baby. Quite often the therapist will feel your baby kick and move as it too responds to the massage treatment.
Pregnancy massage can also help with :
- Muscle tension
- Muscle spasm & cramping
- Sciatic Pain
- Swelling Oedema
- Back, neck and shoulder discomfort caused by hormonal and postural changes
- Quality of Sleep
- Reduce headaches
- Relieve heartburn
- Balance mood-swings
Pregnancy massage during the first trimester is contraindicated as the majority of miscarriages occur during the first trimester of pregnancy. Women should get clearance from the doctor/ midwife first before receiving any pregnancy massage.
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